Porky Hefer’s works have become a well-loved fixture on the global design-fair circuit, selling to museums and collectors around the world. Now these playful and immersive nesting environments return from the world stage to join new works for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the designer’s first solo show in Johannesburg.
The human-scale nests and living pods are both fantasy world and furniture – beautifully crafted and functional, but alive somehow, and evocative of childhood and wildness. Recurring themes are the loss of instinct, humanity’s preoccupation with received wisdom and the lessons implicit in the natural world. By engaging with these works – climbing into Shell or perching on Leopard Branch, for example – audiences are returned to a child-like state, awake to instinct and immediate perception.